University of Bristol student dies suddenly as family pays emotional tribute

A 20-year-old Chemistry student at the University of Bristol has died suddenly.

Maria Stancliffe-Cook died on August 1, a spokesperson at the Russell Group university has confirmed.

She is the 13th student to die suddenly while studying at the University of Bristol in the past three years.

An emotional tribute by her family describes her as "beautiful" and "intelligent" and they say no words can express how sad they feel.

The statement released on behalf of Maria's family said: "Maria was a beautiful, intelligent girl who was much loved and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

"She was a hard-working and diligent student. Words cannot express how saddened we are by her unexpected absence from our lives."

A statement from the university said: "We have received the very sad news that Maria Stancliffe-Cook, an undergraduate student studying Chemistry at the University of Bristol, has died.

"There is nothing harder for our community than the death of one of our students.

"We have offered our support to Maria's family and friends, and our thoughts and sympathies are with them all."

The university added: "We encourage any members of our community who are affected by this news to make sure they contact University wellbeing services for help, even if they are away from Bristol for the summer holidays.

"They should also seek support from their own friends or family."

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